Time Warner Cable announces channel lineup change

Posted April 12, 2010
Updated April 13, 2010

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— Time Warner Cable announced a new digital channel lineup on Monday that rearranges channels into categories, such as sports, music and family.

The lineup change started for Wilmington-area customers on Monday. The new lineup will be in effect for all customers by June, officials said.

"Research has shown that our customers tend to watch particular types of programming rather than a particular channel," Brian Kelly, president of residential services for Time Warner Cable Carolinas, said in a statement. "Grouping channels that offer the same type of programming together will make it easier for our customers to find the shows they enjoy."

The new channel lineup will be grouped as follows:

  • 100s- Local Broadcasters & Local Programming
  • 200s- Kids & Family, Learning & Discovery, Faith & Inspiration
  • 300s- Entertainment, Home & Leisure, Shopping
  • 400s- News & Information, Music
  • 500s- Sports
  • 600s- Movies
  • 700s- Premiums, Pay-Per-View & Events
  • 800s- International
  • 900s- Music Choice
  • 1000s- On Demand
  • 1100 and above- High Definition

Customers searching for the high-definition version of a station will need to add a “1” in front of the number. For example, ESPN will be on channel 500, so the HD version will be found on 1500.


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  • MSN93 Apr 12, 2010

    This is going to royally screw up the DVR!! We will have to change the channel on every single show we are recording. What a pain. And when will this happen????

  • xyzzy Apr 12, 2010

    Computerguy923, this change is for digital TV only. It doesn't impact the analog TV channel assignments; those customers can still use TWC without a set top box. And it's my understanding that under the must-carry rule, TWC will continue carrying the local over-the-air stations in a given market on digital TV below channel 100. TWC isn't required to publicize these channels, so they don't -- but they're there. No STB required.

  • HarleyMan66 Apr 12, 2010

    This great idea of theirs has already caused me issues. They called it a "glitch", but my DVR box tried to record shows in the high def range, only those channels were not there yet, so nothing got recorded!

  • Caveman93 Apr 12, 2010


  • GWALLY Apr 12, 2010

    ..."LOL! I'm soo glad I have an HD antenna. Caveman93..."

    What kind do you have...I'm in the market and looking on line.

  • venitapeyton Apr 12, 2010

    I was satisfied with $7 for basic 'basic' service that included USA, News14 and WGN. Now that its' going up to $17, I'm dropping shortly. A year ago they said the price would not be changing, but it has. Not worth the hassle.

  • computerguy923 Apr 12, 2010

    The real gotcha here is that you will not be able to use cable without a cable box now. If everything is in the 100's or higher, you will need a cable box even for basic cable. So no more running a cable to a spare TV for the low number channels.

  • Caveman93 Apr 12, 2010

    LOL! I'm soo glad I have an HD antenna.

  • cadetsfan Apr 12, 2010

    That's so intuitive, good idea!

  • theartistformerlyknownasspeedy Apr 12, 2010

    Wonder how much more THAT'S gonna cost us?